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Trojans thrash Tigers at Subway Invitational

The Troy softball team piled on nine runs in the bottom of the fourth to defeat Memphis.
TROY, Ala. – After three and a half scoreless innings, the Troy softball team (2-1-1) piled on nine runs in the bottom of the fourth to defeat Memphis (1-2), 9-0, in five innings on Saturday at the Troy Softball Complex.

“I was a little concerned that it took us a little while to adjust,” said head coach Melanie Davis. “The girl was coming at us with quite a slower pace. I’m very excited for numerous people in the lineup contributing and putting that kind of run support up. You’d like it to be spread out a little bit over the game so we don’t stress so much. But to run-rule a team like Memphis is a great job. We had another good performance from our pitcher to get the shutout. I’m very proud of our gang.”

The Trojans did their damage in the bottom of the fourth, scoring all nine of their runs. Kacie McAllister drew a walk to start off the inning, followed by a single by Erica Davis. Heather Johnston then reached on a fielder’s choice, but an error allowed both of Troy’s base runners to stay on.

Becca Hartley was hit by a pitch to score the first run of the inning, before Ashley Rainey roped a double to center field to bring in two more. Michelle Phelps reached base on an error, scoring Hartley from third to bring the game to 4-0.

Taylor Smartt advanced the runners in her at-bat, followed by a fielder’s choice by Alison Milam that plated Leah Brundidge from third. Chandler Griffin got in on the action with a single to left field scoring Leanna Smith.

McAllister picked up a two-RBI single next. Davis laced another single next, scoring McAllister to give the Trojans their ninth run.

Ashley Rainey was solid for the Trojans, giving up just two hits in five innings. She didn’t walk any and struck out two, facing just 18 batters over five innings.

The Trojans wrap up the Troy Subway Invitational on Sunday when they host in-state rival Alabama at 2:30 p.m.
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